Written by Celestina Blok. Photos courtesy of Punch Bowl Social, Heim BBQ and The Post at River East. First ran on Culture Map Fort Worth. Discounted drinks and eats rarely put folks in a bad mood. That’s why happy hour is a win-win for both bars and patrons; customers are lured into establishments they might not normally visit during what would otherwise be slower service times. In return, imbibers get good deals, and might even sit and stay for a while. Here are five hot places, both tenured and new, to belly up for not only great specials but a great scene.

Heim Barbecue
Barbecue pairs well with more than just cold beer. At Heim Barbecue’s sprawling River District location on White Settlement Road, patrons can cool off with $6 happy hour cocktail specials Tuesday through Friday, 4-6 pm. On the menu is the iced Georgia peach mule shaken with peach vodka and served in a copper mug. There are also two frozen concoctions swirled by machine — the Frosé All Day frozen rose and vodka-spiked frozen lemonade. House Chardonnay and cab are $4, and so are select schooners of beer, including the normally pricey Shiner Bock and Modelo Especial. Toast even longer on Tuesdays, when wine bottles are half-off from 3 pm to close. There’s plenty of room here to spread out and stretch the legs, both inside amid the cool air conditioning or out on the shady patio, which is dotted with turquoise Adirondack chairs, picnic tables, and ceiling fans. Look for Heim’s outdoor beer garden to open soon.

The Post at River East
From the folks behind The Live Oak, the popular but short-lived live music venue on Magnolia Avenue, comes The Post at River East — just a few weeks old in a circa-1940s post office at 2925 Race St. With daily live music, from acoustic guitarists and jazz artists to big name acts like Josh Weathers and Luke Wade, the venue is quickly becoming a destination for drinks and, just this week, a full restaurant menu. Happy hour here runs every day, 4-7 pm. That’s when patrons can get $3 well drinks and $3 pints of Lone Star Beer, as well as Texas-made spirits with their favorite mixer for $1 off. Expect an open-air, pet-friendly courtyard — where there’s plenty of shade by late afternoon — along with a 2,000-square-foot indoor listening room for ticketed performances by regional and national singer-songwriters after dark. Read the rest of this article on Culture Map Fort Worth to see the other happy hour spots for the month of August.

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